Jim Boeheim


Jim Boeheim

College coach infobox


Name = Jim Boeheim
Sport = Basketball
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DateOfBirth = birth date and age|1944|11|17
Birthplace = flagicon|United States Lyons, New York
DateOfDeath =
Deathplace =
College = Syracuse
Title = Head coach
Awards = Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000)
Championships = NCAA Men's Division I Tournament Championship (2003)
Big East Tournament Championship (1981, 1988,
1992, 2005, 2006)
Big East Regular Season Championship (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003)
CurrentRecord = 750-264 (.740)
OverallRecord = 750-264 (.740)
Player = *
Years = 1962–1966
Team = Syracuse
Position = Guard
Coach = *
CoachYears = 1969–1976
1976–present
CoachTeams = Syracuse (asst.)
Syracuse
CollegeHOFID =
BBallHOF = 2005

James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim (pronEng|ˈbeɪhaɪm; born November 17, 1944) is the men's basketball head coach for Syracuse University. [cite web|url= http://www.suathletics.com/Sports/basketball/mbasket/2002/coach.asp?path=mbasket#Boeheim|title=SU Athletics Profile|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=suathletics.com] [cite web|url= http://www.orangehoops.org/JBoeheim.htm|title=Orange Hoops Profile|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=orangehoops.org] [cite web|url= http://www.usabasketball.com/biosmen/jim_boeheim_bio.html|title=USA Basketball Profile|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=USA Basketball] Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005. Boeheim has guided the Syracuse Orangemen (known as the Orange since 2004) to three NCAA championship game appearances. The Orange defeated Kansas in 2003 for the national title after losing to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996.

Career

Playing

Boeheim was born in Lyons, New York. He graduated from Lyons Central High School. Boeheim enrolled in Syracuse University as a student in 1963 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1969 (SU Athletics). During his freshman year, Boeheim was a walk-on with the men’s basketball team. By his senior year he was the team captain and a teammate of All-American Dave Bing. The pair led the Orange to a 22–6 overall win-loss record that earned the team’s second-ever NCAA tournament berth. After graduating from Syracuse, Boeheim played professional basketball with Scranton of the Eastern League during which he won two championships and was a second-team all-star (SU Athletics). While at Syracuse University he joined The Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

Coaching

In 1969, Boeheim decided to coach basketball and was hired as a graduate assistant at Syracuse. Soon thereafter he was promoted to a full-time assistant coach and was a member of the coaching staff that helped guide the Orange to its first Final Four appearance in 1975. Coach Roy Danforth, the head coach at the time, was hired away from Syracuse University. A coaching search then led to naught, and, in 1976, Boeheim was promoted to be the head coach of his alma mater, and to this day, Boeheim is one of the rare individuals to spend his entire college basketball career (player, assistant coach, and head coach) at only one school. In his thirty-one years as head coach at Syracuse, Boeheim has guided the Orange to postseason berths, either in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, in all but one of his seasons (1993, when NCAA sanctions barred them from postseason play despite a 20–9 record). During his tenure, the Orange have never had a losing season, appeared in three NCAA national championship games (1987, 1996, and 2003) and won the national title in 2003.

He was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship and 2006 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal both times. [cite web|url= http://www.usabasketball.com/history/mwc_1990.html|title=1990 USA Basketball|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=USA Basketball|date=August 8-19, 1990] [cite web|url= http://www.usabasketball.com/history/mwc_2006.html|title=2006 USA Basketball|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=USA Basketball|date=August 19-September 3, 2006]

Boeheim has also been named three-time Big East coach of the year, and has been awarded ten times as District II Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. In 2004, Boeheim received two additional awards. The first was during the spring when he was awarded the Claire Bee Award in recognition of his contributions to the sport of basketball. During the fall of the same year Boeheim was presented with Syracuse University’s Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor.

In 2001, during his seventh year as a USA basketball coach, Boeheim helped lead the USA Basketball Young Men’s Team to a gold medal at the World Championship in Japan. During the fall of that year he was named USA Basketball 2001 National Coach of the Year.

In an exhibition game on November 7 2005 against Division II school Saint Rose from Albany, New York, Boeheim was ejected for the first time in his career after arguing a call late in the first half in the Orange's 86–73 victory.

Boeheim's coaching style is unusual in that, whereas many of the more successful coaches prefer the man-to-man defense, he demonstrates an overwhelming preference for the 2-3 zone defense. [cite web|url= http://espn.go.com/ncb/2003/0113/1491778.html|title=Looking inside the Syracuse 2-3 zone|accessdate=2006-01-22|publisher=ESPN.com|date=January 13, 2003]

Personal

According to an interview conducted by "The Post-Standard" in 2005, Boeheim enjoys watching television. He cites "ER" and "" as two of his favorite TV shows, and also watches "Desperate Housewives" and "NYPD Blue". Boeheim also appeared in the movie "Blue Chips", with Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal, playing himself. Boeheim has appeared in numerous commercials throughout Central New York, and also had a spot in a nationwide Jordan ad featuring former Syracuse great Carmelo Anthony. Boeheim likes to listen to the music of Bruce Springsteen. In the interview, he states that he has no interest in pursuing any other career after he retires from coaching basketball other than coaching Little League. Boeheim fought a personal battle with cancer, which has led to his devotion to the "“Coaches vs. Cancer”" tournament that raises awareness of cancer (SU Athletics). Boeheim is married to Juli, twenty-two years his junior. They have three children: James, and twins Jack and Jamie. He also has a daughter, Elizabeth, from a previous marriage (SU Athletics).

Accomplishments

Some of Boeheim’s notable accomplishments current as of August 23, 2007:

* Led Syracuse University to the 2003 NCAA national championship
* Led Syracuse University to three national championship game appearances: (1987, 1996, 2003)
* Led Syracuse University to three Final Four appearances: (1987, 1996, 2003)
* Led Syracuse University to four Elite Eight appearances: (1987, 1989, 1996, 2003)
* Led Syracuse University to 13 Sweet Sixteen appearances: (1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004)
* Led Syracuse University to 25 NCAA Tournament appearances: (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
* Led Syracuse University to seven Big East regular season championships: (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003)
* Led Syracuse University to five Big East tournament championships: (1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006)
* Leads all Big East coaches (past and present) in wins. (291)
* Ranks sixth among active Division I coaches (min. 10 years) in winning percentage (.740)cite web|url= http://www.ncaa.org/stats/m_basketball/coaching/d1_coaching_records.pdf|title=NCAA Division I Coaching Records|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=NCAA|date=August 23, 2007]
* Won his 750th game as a coach on March 19, 2007 (San Diego State)
* Currently ranks fourth (tied with Jim Calhoun) among active coaches in career wins (750)
* In 31 seasons at Syracuse, has compiled 29 20-win seasons, good for second on the all-time list
* Became only the 17th coach ever to reach 750 wins (2007)
* Three-time Big East Coach of the Year (1984, 1991, 2000)
* USA Basketball's National Coach of the Year (2001)
* Under Boeheim, the Orange have only missed the NCAA Tournament two years in a row twice
* As of 2005, Boeheim is eighth in Division I NCAA tournament wins with forty-one (CBS Sportsline).
* Basketball Hall of Fame (2005) as a coach [cite web|url= http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-jim-boeheim.html|title=Basketball Hall of Fame Profile|accessdate=2007-11-19|publisher=Basketball Hall of Fame|date=September, 2005]

In recognition of Boeheim’s numerous accomplishments as SU’s head coach, the University named the Carrier Dome court “Jim Boeheim Court” on February 24, 2002. [cite web|url= http://www.suathletics.com/news/basketball/mbasket/2001/12/21/boeheimcourt.asp?path=mbasket?path=mbasket|title=SU to name Carrier Dome Court in honor of Jim Boeheim|accessdate=2007-12-01|publisher=suathletics.com|date=December 21, 2001] [cite web|url= http://www.syracuse.ny.us/mayorDocs/2/Coach%20Jim%20Boeheim%20Day2.pdf|title=Mayoral decree of Jim Boeheim day|accessdate=2007-12-01|publisher=Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll|date=February 24, 2002]

Notable players coached by Boeheim

*Louis Orr (1976/77–1979/80)
*Danny Schayes (1977/78–1980/81)
*Dwayne "Pearl" Washington (1983/84–1985/86)
*Rony Seikaly (1984/85–1987/88)
*Sherman Douglas (1985/86–1988/89)
*Derrick Coleman (1986/87–1989/90)
*Billy Owens (1988/89–1990/91)
*Dave Johnson (1988/89–1991/92)
*Lawrence Moten (1991/92 - 1994/95)
*John Wallace (1992/93–1995/96)
*Jason Hart (1996/97–1999/00)
*Etan Thomas (1996/97–1999/00)
*Carmelo Anthony (2002/03)
*Hakim Warrick (2001/02–2004/05)
*Gerry McNamara (2002/03–2005/06)
*Demetris Nichols (2003/04–2006/07)
*Darryl Watkins (2003/04–2006/07)
*Terrence Roberts (2003/04–2006/07
*Eric Devendorf (2005/06–present)
*Paul Harris (2006/07 - present)
*Donte Greene (2007/08)
*Jonny Flynn (2007/08 - present)

External links

* [http://www.suathletics.com/Sports/basketball/mbasket/2002/coach.asp?path=mbasket#Boeheim Syracuse athletics coaching staff profile]

References


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